Want to race in Charleston this Labor Day weekend? You have one choice – Race Judicata 5K at 8 a.m. Saturday

The last of three long summer weekends. Boo-hoo. Hate to see summer fading away.

That said, the race scene heats up big-time in September.

For those wanting to know what kind of shape they are in before September, consider doing Saturday’s sixth annual Race Judicata 5K, which moved from the fourth Saturday in March.

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Help out a community in North Charleston with its effort to build an outdoor fitness center

Outdoor Fitness Center Fundraiser in Food Desert

Metanoia CDC’s Chicora Place Community Garden Pushes Forward to
Get Fitness Center Added to Upcoming Playground with Community Support

The Chicora Place Community Garden sits in a food and place desert plagued with food insecurity and chronic health issues because most residents do not have access to a full service grocery store or personal transportation.

Select Health of SC and AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership is playing a key role in the building a youth playground and adult fitness area, located on the garden on land owned by the City of North Charleston,.

The one-day build on Friday, November 22.

Plans for the future playground also feature a teen and adult fitness area complete with eight pieces of equipment. The set includes a curved balance beam, a sit-up station, a joint use chin up station, a seated chest press, a rowing machine, a seated leg press, an elliptical trainer, and a double cardio walker and costs $17,000.

To date, no sponsor has stepped up to cover the cost of the outdoor gym. Undaunted by these circumstances, Mrs. Germaine Jenkins, Metanoia’s Community Garden Coordinator, and her neighborhood garden team are doing all they can to make the fitness center a reality.

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Fourth Francis Marion Dirt Dash Half Marathon, 7.5-mile and 3.4-mile runs – only 12 days away!

I asked Chad Haffa for an update on the Sept. 7 Francis Marion Dirt Dash, which is becoming an early fall running tradition in Charleston:

 I have about 180 registered so far, I am pretty happy with that. I have one lady from Brooklyn, 1 guy from Colorado and another lady from Montana coming to town for the race. I have a husband and wife team that is coming for the 4th year in a row to run. They are from Massachusetts. 

 This year, all proceeds from the 5k will go to the fund set up to help the 19 Arizona Hotshots that died earlier this year in a wildfire.  

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Want to honor the fallen firefighters from Arizona? Lowcountry CrossFit is holding a workout fundraiser on Aug. 31

Hi David,

 I am writing on behalf of Lowcountry CrossFit in Mt Pleasant. On Saturday morning August 31st we are going to be hosting an event at our site to honor the 19 firefighters who died fighting wildfires in Arizona.

The event is a fundraiser and a prescribed workout designed for all levels to perform. Each person will perform the workout for about 30 minutes (not including warm ups). Those participating will donate $10 towards the fund which is being held nationally on this day.

Only CrossFit trained people will be allowed to join for safety reasons I think. I am checking into this. Still worth it for spectators though.



 1391 Stuart Engals Blvd
Mt Pleasant, South Carolina 29464

Benjamin Rennison <brennis@clemson.edu>




For all the runners who torture themselves by taking ice baths … you can stop now (maybe)

UNH Research: Post-Run Ice Baths Not Beneficial for Strength, Soreness

 DURHAM, N.H. – Dunking in a tub of ice water after exercise – a surprisingly popular post-workout regimen used by athletes to reduce inflammation and speed recovery – is time consuming and bone-achingly painful.

New research from the University of New Hampshire finds that it may not be effective, either.

In a study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, researchers report that research subjects who engaged in post-exercise cryotheraphy, or ice baths, showed no mitigation of post-exercise strength loss or decreased soreness compared to a control group.

“It doesn’t help you feel better and it doesn’t help you perform better,” says lead researcher Naomi Crystal ’11G. “Ice baths are very popular as a treatment, but the research is really mixed as to whether they’re beneficial. They’re miserable. If it doesn’t work, you don’t want to waste your time.”

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This is a great, free opportunity for girls to get involved in a minimal commitment sports program

Danny Jones Recreation Complex
5000 Lackawanna Blvd., North Charleston, SC 29405
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Olympic Sports Clinics: Cheerleading, Gymnastics, Swimming, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Track, Golf & Jump Rope
Dr. Oz TV Show Celebrity Chef Laura Erickson
Superstar Tennis Pro Shelby Rogers
World Champion Double Dutch Team
Olympics Sneak Peek Fashion Show
Cooking & Sampling Sessions
Smoothie Designs & Sampling Sessions
Food Scavenger Hunts & Grocery Shopping Sprees
Fun Games & Activities
New York City Fashion & Broadway Show Trip Prizes
Florida Kennedy Space Center & Lunch with Astronauts Trip Prizes Washington, DC Fun Attractions Trip Prizes
Hershey, PA Fun Attractions Trip Prizes

Health is hot for College of Charleston students

In what is likely a reflection of the importance of health in American society, students at the College of Charleston are flocking to two new  health majors – public health and exercise science.

Both are exceeding expectations in regards to the numbers of students choosing them.

This fall, 250 students have declared majors in exercise science and 200 have chosen  either a BA or BS course of study in public health.

By comparison, the three most popular majors are biology with 841 majors, communications with 647 and psychology with 601, according to Melissa Whetzel, director of media relations and video services at CofC.

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Traditional kick-off to fall road racing season: Race for The ARK – Aug. 24

Thrivent Financial Race for The ARK runs August 24
Thrivent donates $10,000

Since 1999, some 500 runners and walkers each year, from the Lowcountry and beyond, have come to Summerville to start their fall racing season and support The ARK, Alzheimer’s Family Support Services.

The 2013 Thrivent Financial Race for The ARK is scheduled for 7:45am on August 24, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 206 Central Avenue in Summerville.

The 5K run and walk winds through historic downtown Summerville. The first male and female runner to break the course record will receive $100 cash prize. The race also features a Corporate Challenge. Companies can field a team of five runners for $350; the team with the overall best time takes home the traveling trophy for the year.

The Lowcountry Youth Challenge is an early season competition for local high school cross country teams and other sports teams who want to compete. The cost is $25 per runner, or $125 per team.

Youth runners receive medals and can compete for age group prizes.

Organizers of The Race for the ARK also are excited about a new sponsor, made possible through a connection with caregiver Sherry Sheppard.

 Thrivent Financial is supporting the 14th Annual Race for The ARK with a $10,000 sponsorship.

Sheppard works as a Thrivent associate in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Her mother, who has early onset Alzheimer’s disease, attends The ARK three days each week. Sheppard wants more people who are dealing with this disease to take advantage of the excellent resources The ARK has to offer.

“The ARK has changed our lives,” Sheppard explains. “I had to quit work to take care of my 63 year old mother, and was nearly at the end of my rope, not to mention my savings.”

Now, she is able to work full-time, and her mother is happy and engaged. Sheppard says she will do anything to help The ARK. The ARK provides a range of services to help families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.

In addition to the title sponsorship, Thrivent Financial chapters in Berkeley, Charleston and Colleton/Dorchester counties are supporting the event. Other sponsors include periodontist Dr. Kelly Ford, Steinberg Law Firm, Trident Health Systems, and Lutheran Homes. Sponsorships are still available from $50 to $1000.

The course is USATF certified. Registration is $25 with t-shirt or $20 without through August
206 Central Avenue Summerville, SC 29483
Phone: 843-832-2357
FAX: 888-371-1892
Email: info@TheARKofSC.org
Website: www.TheARKofSC.org

Registration and packet pickup is on Friday, August 23th 12:00–6:00 p.m. or day of race. To register, call 843-832-2357, or visit http://thearkofsc.org/special-events/13th-annual-race-for-the-ark/ or http://www.active.com/running/summerville-sc/race-for-the-ark-2012.
The ARK is a local nonsectarian nonprofit outreach program providing comprehensive support services to families dealing with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. For more information on The ARK’s services, call 832-2357 or visit http://thearkofsc.org/.

The fifth and final Charleston Sprint Triathlon is Aug. 11

Via Sarah Reynolds at Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commish …

The Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series (CSTS) is wrapping up its season!

Now in its 23rd year, the CSTS is the area’s premier swim, bike and run event, taking place over a five-race series. Race 5, the Championship, will be held on Sunday, Aug. 11 at James Island County Park.

Athletes are encouraged to sign up in advance, and spectators are welcome. Winners will be awarded from the individual race as well as the entire series.

More than 25,000 athletes have raced in this swim-bike-run series since it began in 1991.

The race begins at 7:15 a.m. with a 600-yard freshwater swim in the lake at James Island County Park, continues with a 12-mile bike ride through the park and out and back on Riverland Drive, and finishes with a flat 5K run.

The race is limited to 400 participants, and fees start at $55 per race.

CSTS offers participation and awards throughout a variety of divisions.

Awards will be presented to the top five men and the top three women finishers in the Open/Elite division. Awards will also be presented to the top three age group winners in five-year increments, as well as to the top male and female finishers over the age of 40 (Masters division).

New this year, awards will also be presented to those with the fastest times in the swim, bike and run legs of the race.

Participants may choose to compete in the Clydesdale (men over 200 pounds), Athena (women over 150 pounds) or Masters Clydesdales (men over age 40 and over 200 pounds) divisions. Awards will be presented to the top three competitors in each of those divisions.

For more information or to register online for the CSTS at James Island County Park, visit www.ccprc.com/csts. This event is presented by Commonwealth/Brown & Brown, Premier Physical Therapy, and hosted by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission.

Point standings (not updated since Race No. 3)

 Place NAME CITY/STATE Race #1 Race #2 Race #3 Race #4 Race #5 Total
1 Janet Carter Charleston SC 90 40 90 220
2 Carole Murray Ladson SC 0 70 100 170
3 Stephanie Buffo Charleston SC 100 60 0 160
4 Ashley Shiver Athens GA 0 100 0 100
5 Marion Minaudo Charleston SC 0 90 0 90
6 Alexa Golbus Irmo SC 80 0 0 80
7 Jamie Turner Mt. Pleasant SC 0 80 0 80
8 Ashley Golbus Irmo SC 70 0 0 70
9 Melissa Tallent Hampton VA 0 50 0 50
Place NAME CITY/STATE Race#1 Race #2 Race#3 Race #4 Race #5 Total
1 Hayden Dibona Mount Pleasant SC 100 100 90 290
2 Jay Upchurch Charleston SC 90 0 100 190
3 Jim Daniel Mount Pleasant SC 60 50 70 180
4 Matthew Moldenhauer Charleston SC 0 70 80 150
5 Eric Ruckel Mount Pleasant SC 0 80 60 140
6 Dirk DeWitt Charleston SC 70 60 0 130
7 Brett King Mount Pleasant SC 0 90 0 90
8 Eric Walmet Mount Pleasant SC 50 0 40 90
9 Ryan Rhodes Mount Pleasant SC 80 0 0 80
10 David Endean Lexington KY 0 30 50 80
11 Greg Hyland Summerville SC 0 40 0 40
12 Lance Leopold Simpsonville SC 0 0 30 30
Place NAME CITY/STATE Race#1 Race #2 Race#3 Race #4 Race #5 Total
1 Kendall Shows Summerville SC 70 50 60 180
2 Mark Schwartauber Mount Pleasant SC 40 40 100 180
3 Don Owalt Charleston SC 100 70 0 170
4 Wesley Cook Sullivans Island SC 80 80 0 160
5 John Forney Charleston SC 50 60 0 110
6 Jim Simons Goose Creek SC 0 20 90 110
7 Steve Stubbs Isle of Palms SC 20 0 80 100
8 Jeff Brandenburg Columbia SC 0 100 0 100
9 Brad Fraedrich Landrum SC 90 0 0 90
10 William Wiseman Blythewood SC 0 90 0 90
11 Jamey Nelson Charleston SC 0 0 70 70
12 Craig Emery Tarpon Springs FL 60 0 0 60
13 O’Malley Avant Mount Pleasant SC 0 0 50 50
14 Paul Creighton Goose Creek SC 0 0 40 40
15 Carl Dunkin Statesville NC 30 0 0 30
16 Corey Fleming Beaufort SC 0 30 0 30
17 Keith Meadows Charleston SC 0 0 30 30
18 Gilbert Miller Bamberg SC 10 10 0 20
19 Doug Homrich Goose Creek SC 0 0 20 20
20 Perry Jameson Johns Island SC 0 0 10 10
Place NAME CITY/STATE Race#1 Race #2 Race#3 Race #4 Race #5 Total
1 Alethea Setser Mount Pleasant SC 80 90 70 240
2013 Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series Point Standings
2 Caroline Sinker Charleston SC 0 100 100 200
3 Lisa Jones Summerville SC 70 70 50 190
4 Paula Walmet Mount Pleasant SC 90 0 90 180
5 Chathy McWhirt Mount Pleasant SC 40 80 0 120
6 Rachel Crunk Mount Pleasant SC 100 0 0 100
7 Cherry Kent Charleston SC 50 30 10 90
8 Jannette Finch Charleston SC 0 50 40 90
9 Angela Shiver Savannah GA 0 0 80 80
10 Tami Olheiser Charleston SC 60 0 0 60
11 Tricia Wilson Mount Pleasant SC 0 60 0 60
12 Jennifer Long Summerville SC 0 0 60 60
13 Jennifer Jones North Augusta SC 30 20 0 50
14 Alice Turnage Mount Pleasant SC 20 0 20 40
15 Melisa Coffin Mount Pleasant SC 0 40 0 40
16 Barbara Van Beyrer Mount Pleasant SC 0 10 30 40
17 Melanie Balog Charleston SC 10 0 0 10